Porto to Braga
According to SC Braga’s website, Emidio Rafael has joined the club from Porto until the end of the season. At the end of the season, there is an option in the player’s contract for the club to extend the deal for a further three years. Rafael enjoyed success at Academica under Andre Villas-Boas during the 2009-2010 season, and when Boas began coaching at Porto the following season, Emidio was one of his first purchases. It was expected that Rafael would play second-fiddle to Alvaro Pereira. In the few appearances Emidio made for the club, he impressed, so much so that he was pre-selected for the Portugal National Team. A horrific injury to his foot, however, sidelined him for the rest of the 2010-2011 season, and another injury kept him out for the entire 2011-2012 season, as Porto lifted the trophy for the second year in a row. Now, Braga have taken a chance with the defender; a chance that may pay off.